|BART train a'coming (Rockridge station, looking up into the Berkeley hills)|
So far, my biggest challenge is the commute. I am spoiled in Montreal, where I have a 5-minute bike ride or 15-minute walk to work. Here, I have a 20-minute walk to the BART station, a 35-minute BART ride under the bay to the Mission District and then either a 30-minute walk to the office or a 10-minute bus trip. It works out to about an hour more or less each way. I am figuring out a way to bring a bike into the mix. The problem is that on the hours that I'll be commuting, I can't take the bike on to the BART trains.
For those of you who love discussing public transit in Montreal over at the Montreal City Weblog, you'll be interested to hear that commuting here is friggin' expensive! I have to pay $2 for the bus on the East Bay side, another $3.65 for the BART train and then another $2 for the Muni bus in San Francisco. That makes $7.65 for a one-way trip if I choose not to walk. There is a monthly pass for the BART, but it only applies if you ride it within San Francisco, so it is useless for me. So that is roughly $15 a day!
|BART train arriving. It does have a kind of '70s futuristic look.|